Common loon (Gavia immer)
|Also known as:||great northern diver, Great northern loon|
- In winter, adult common loons moult their flight feathers, during which time they become temporarily flightless.
- The diet of the common loon includes fish, insects, amphibians, and plant matter.
- It is thought that the red eyes of the common loon may help with their underwater vision.
- Common loons can dive up to 200 feet for up to 5 minutes at a time and unlike other birds have solid bones to reduce their buoyancy.
Classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List (1).
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IUCN Red List (March, 2010)